VACAVILLE — An officer-involved shooting late Thursday night left one man with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.
Vacaville police were called to the Hideaway Salon on Orange Drive just before midnight to deal with a disturbance that involved unruly patrons. When the men were asked to leave the bar, they allegedly ripped a fire alarm off the building’s wall.
They got in a silver Honda and headed south on Orange Drive, with the headlights off. The vehicle drove off the roadway, through several feet of open field.
The men came up on a separate traffic stop on Leisure Town and Walnut roads. Police said the car’s driver, Antonio Lopez Vasquez, allegedly drove the car, at a high rate of speed, toward the officers.
Fearing for their lives, the officers opened fire and hit the front seat passenger in the lower leg. The car came to rest, in the middle of Leisure Town Road, after hitting a high-voltage power vault and the back of a police car. The high-voltage utility vault was launched into the car involved in the traffic stop.
“It could have ended tragically,” Vacaville police Lt. John Carli said Friday.
The police officers and the others in the car that was stopped were not injured, he said. Three people were taken into custody. Police said all were intoxicated and none spoke English.
Vasquez, 25, of Vacaville, was held on suspicion of felony DUI and assault with a deadly weapon. Carli said investigation continues into what role, if any, the others in the vehicle played in the night’s events.
The officers have been placed on paid administrative duty as the investigation continues, which is protocol in officer-involved shootings.
Anyone who witnessed Thursday’s incident, or has knowledge that may help the investigation, is asked to call Detective Adam Senf at 449-5245.
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Vacaville police were involved in two officer-involved shootings in 2013, both of which involved traffic situations and both of which ended in fatalities.